By Meghan Casserly
Women in the U.S. earn $10,784 less than their male counterparts each year, according to The National Partnership for Women and Families.22-year-old twins Mike and Caitlin are one year out of college. Both studied at a four-year University, received bachelor's degrees in engineering and are 12 months into entry-level jobs. Both siblings carry $20,000 in student loan debt, just about the national average.
All things being equal, Caitlin and Mike are on even (if unfortunate) footing for recent grads-making those first arduous steps up the career ladder, living on entry-level salaries and chipping away at hefty student loans. All things being equal.
Except that, at least according to new research from the American Association of University Women, all things are not equal. In fact, in comparing the salaries of men and women with comparable education in comparable fields just one year out of college, it's plain to see that when it comes to paying off student loan debt and getting ahead financially, Caitlin-and all women-are much worse off. Men and women pay the same amount for college, butRead More »from The Student Loan Debt Crisis is a Women's Issue: Here's Why